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The Stone Angel (2007)

R | | Drama | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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A 90-year-old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Marshak ...
Silver Elms Matron
Silver Elms Bridge Player
Child Hagar
Ryland Thiessen ...
Child Telford
Child Charlotte
Child Matt
Child Lottie
Ardith Boxall ...
Lottie's Mother
Arne MacPherson ...
Reverend Troy
Young Hagar
R. Morgan Slade ...
Young Telford


In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place her in a nursing home, returning to the small town where she grew up and the now-derelict farmhouse where she was married and raised two sons, we follow Hagar in the present and in memories that trace her childhood, marriage in defiance of her father, and later losses. She's fiercely even foolishly proud. Can she make peace with anyone she loves, or is she left to rage against the dying of the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes it takes your whole life to get it right. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel de piedra  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,883, 13 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$459,166, 25 August 2008
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2.35 : 1
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There were over 50 picture vehicles used in the filming that spanned 5 decades. See more »


The first incident with the freight train is set about 1950 yet it has no caboose. The caboose was not replaced by an electronic monitor on the last freight car until the eighties. It's also more than likely that in that era in western Canada a freight would have been hauled by steam rather than diesel. See more »


Arlene: I want to have a baby.
John: We're broke.
Arlene: We love each other. It'll be a love child.
[they both laugh quietly. meanwhile, Hagar walks silently in and sees what's going on]
John: Well, my mom leaves town in a couple weeks. Then we can get married, and we can talk about having a baby, okay?
Arlene: I don't care about a wedding or anything.
John: You can have whatever you want.
[it becomes more intense; they are both breathing faster]
Arlene: [breathlessly] I want lots of babies.
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'Bridal Chorus' from 'Lohengrin'
Written by Richard Wagner
(performed at wedding)
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Margaret Laurence would not be happy.

As this film does not do justice to a great novel. I so loved this book I've read it twice. It presents an irascible old woman, warts and all, bad tempered and humourless, and tries to soften her up and give her a raison d'etre.

Hagar, played by the marvellous Ellen Burstyn, is a woman who lives in fear of what her son and anxious daughter in law can do to her. The worst would be a home for the aged and it is happening now.

Through flashbacks, we gain insight into Hagar's life, her lusty marriage to a waster, her sons and her bitterness at the way life has worked out for her.

It is hopelessly and meaninglessly modernized, the book was written in the sixties and here it is translated to modern day with cell phones, etc. It doesn't work. The flashbacks are not smoothly transitioned and at times are oddly placed within the framework of the whole or are too abrupt.

However, that said, the supporting cast are excellent with the younger lusty Hagar played by Christine Horne is a delight. Ellen Page has a small but telling part.

But the film didn't enhance my enjoyment of the book.

6 out of 10.

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